Canyonlands Overloooks, part 2: Dead Horse Point

Dead Horse and drizzle

Dead Horse and drizzle

Anne and I had one last grand adventure planned the last afternoon of our stay in Utah — a sightseeing tour of Dead Horse Point State Park.

Arriving at the visitor center, we debarked to discover that the cold drizzle falling on the high plateau where the park is situated contained additional elements of ice crystals. It was sleeting!

I took one turn around the overlook with my pocket camera (RX-100), and then went back for another quick pass with the Canon SLR after the drizzle/sleet abated.

With the main viewing  point still a half mile farther out the narrow strip of plateau, we drove on over that way as the skies overhead began to clear and the “slizzle” abated.

Intervening: Dead Horse Point State Park

Intervening: Dead Horse Point State Park

Just a heads-up for first-time visitors to Dead Horse: Be aware that the visitor center, with its exhibits and gift shop and rim trail, is NOT the end of the road or the prime viewing point. The actual point of Dead Horse Point is farther out the road to the left as you exit the center’s parking lot.

A grand view indeed

A grand view indeed

(I mention this because I personally visited the park twice before actually discovering this. D’OH!)

At the "real" Dead Horse Point

At the “real” Dead Horse Point

Thankfully, there’s no getting lost on this highway — just keep driving until you reach the dead end.

The drizzle abates

The drizzle abates

And then — my advice — STOP driving, unless you plan on pulling a Thelma & Louise.

Long way down

Long way down

Verticality

Verticality

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The high board

Cloud as icon

Cloud as icon

Waterpockets

Waterpockets

Into the wind

Into the wind

Streamers

Streamers

From above

From above

A dream of distance

A dream of distance

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14 thoughts on “Canyonlands Overloooks, part 2: Dead Horse Point

  1. I am from the east and have been to Deadhorse Point twice. And I was just thinking of it when a friend mentioned the Moab area. Thanks for letting me revisit one of my all-time favorite spots with your beautiful photos. Better than the Grand Canyon in my opinion.

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